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Power Plant Electrician

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilities Management

Job Description

Reporting to the Instrumentation/Electrical Supervisor, the Power Plant Electrician is responsible for performing troubleshooting, installation, maintenance and repair of a variety of plant electrical control systems and equipment with voltages of 480V 3 Phase, 208V 3 Phase,120V single phase, 130 VDC, and 24 VDC. Equipment to be serviced includes, but is not limited to motors and associated controls, programmable logic controllers, relays, lighting, panelboards, breakers, wiring, transformers, and variable frequency drives in an industrial setting. This position is designated as "Emergency Personnel" and responds to emergency callbacks for service on a rotating basis.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong troubleshooting skills with complex 120VAC motor control and 24VDC control circuits.
  • Proficiency with volt/ohm/amp meters and similar testing devices.
  • Ability and knowledge in installing rigid conduit according to the National Electrical Code.
  • Identify materials and quantities needed for new and repair projects.
  • Determine condition of electrical equipment, troubleshoot malfunctions, and determine needed repairs.
  • Must have a Master Electrician certification OR Master level licensing agreement (reciprocity) from another jurisdiction as approved by the Virginia Board for Contractors.
  • Working knowledge of a variety of technical documents such as blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, specification records, and operating and maintenance manuals.
  • Ability to perform routine electrical tasks safely with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to use a computer, keep accurate and complete records, and perform work with minimal margin of error and work independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, work as an effective team member, and receive and execute instructions.
  • Must obtain 3rd Class Power Plant Operating Engineer certification from American Society of Power Engineers within a year of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) & Distributed Control System (DCS) software.
  • Significant experience as an electrician in a power plant or industrial setting.
  • Experience with Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Prior Instrumentation, calibration, and metering experience.
  • Associates Degree or Technical School in Electricity or Electronics.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Review Date

December 3rd, 2021

Additional Information

  • Ability to safely and frequently move and handle heavy objects weighing 50 pounds or more; ability to maneuver materials up and down stairs; ability to climb and work from elevated work stations such as ladders and scaffolds; ability to work for long periods of time standing, walking, reaching, bending, pushing/pulling; ability to communicate effectively, have good team work skills, and be able to understand, comprehend and follow directions in the workplace.
  • Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions, including extreme temperatures.
  • Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.
  • Will be required to operate a motor vehicle on certain occasions to meet the needs of the department.
  • Must have a driver's license check.
  • Emergency Personnel.
  • Normal work schedule is Monday-Friday, 7:00AM-3:30pm.
  • May be required to work additional hours/shifts to meet the needs of the department.
  • Must wear employer provided uniforms as instructed by supervisor.
  • As situation dictates must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Must have annual health and safety medical check.
  • This position meets the criteria for issuance of a mobile communication device (such as two way radio, and pager). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation ofCOVID-19 vaccinationor receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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